The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Gilbert Valentine
- Nick Name:
- Bert or 'Boong'
- Regimental #:
- WX72 13
- ‘D’ Company, No 14 Platoon.
- Place of Birth:
- Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Gilbert Carlisle Hadden
- Mothers's Name:
- Florence Hadden
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Miner and Prospector
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
- ‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Kanu II, Chungkai, Ubon
- 3/7979 and 8789
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade
Gilbert Hadden was hospitalised whilst at Chungkai (reason not recorded). He was recovered from Thailand at war’s end.
Gilbert Hadden (Snr) and his wife Florence Campling Hunt married 1900 Kalgoorlie. Gilbert (Snr) and several of his brothers lived in the Goldfields. The Hadden and Hunt families came from Victoria as did so many others to seek employment or their fortunes!
Gilbert Hadden (Snr) was mine manager at several mines and the family would have moved regularly. Gilbert Valentine Hadden was one of 7 children born to Gilbert and Florence Hadden.
‘Bert’ Hadden had spent his life outdoors mining and prospecting in the Goldfields and soon acquired the nickname of ‘Boong’ Hadden when he joined 2/4th. His dark complexion was maintained as a working POW in Singapore and Thailand!
He married about 1933 at Leonora to Monica Audrey Allen. They had two children. Although born in Kalgoorlie, Monica’s parents moved from Queensland to WA, her father an engine driver.
Bert Hadden returned to Leonora after the war. He died 19th December, 1970.
There is a military headstone at the Leonora cemetery with the inscription “Hadden G.V. loved brother of Olive, Alice Jean and Roy”.